El Quitapenas

NileGuide Expert Says:

Get off the gringo trail at this post-cemetery watering hole.


Recoleta 1485
Santiago, Santiago


(2) 737-8199

NileGuide Expert tip:

Try the massive chacarero, a steak sandwich dripping with cooked stringbeans, and wash it down with a terremoto to get the full Chilean experience.


After a long day at the General Cemetary in Santiago's Recoleta neighborhood, there's nothing better than crossing the street for a some good old fashioned sorrow-drowning, Chilean style at Quitapenas. This restaurant and bar is a Santiago classic, for post-funeral and cemetery visit drinking and snacks. In fact the name means "take away your sorrows," and for many people, a visit to the cemetery isn't complete without dropping in here.

It's a basic place, tables and chairs, smudged windows and a floor swept clean. They serve Chilean classics like giant sandwiches and cheapish wine of every ilk, and of course, the terremoto, a Chilean drink of unaged wine topped with a splash of Fernet and pineapple icecream.

The restaurant is across the street from the General Cemetery at the Cementerios metro and deserves a visit at most times of the day.

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